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Hi I'm CharleneP

I grew up near Boston, MA. I've lived in Florida, Texas and New York. I'm back near Boston again where I've become a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a newly converted Mormon with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have 2 children, one adult female and one pre-teen male. I am separated from an abusive husband who is in prison. And once he is released, can never come around us again. My children and I are currently homeless and staying in a scattered site shelter through a local housing agency. I've gone to college. I've lived in several different states trying to find where I fit in. I've moved back to my origins and have found a "new" life. Even though we are homeless, we feel so many blessings throughout the day, every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always felt that I was missing out on something special. I've spent my life trying to find out what that something special was. I tried other religions that fell short of making me feel whole, that failed to help me in my faith. I've spent my life living in sin, thinking Heavenly Father would understand and forgive me if I just asked him to. I married a very sinful man, and when that marriage failed, I was left a single mom raising 2 children on my own. I thought my life was going to remain painful and stressful. And it did, up until recently when I was finally baptized. I feel now like this is what I've been looking for all my life. I feel peaceful, joyful, loved. This is the piece to the puzzle that is me, and now I am whole. I belong to this great place where everyone is just like me, even if we all grew up with different backgrounds. We all share the same basic beliefs and morals. I don't feel like an outsider anymore. People accept and love me. They don't shun me for my kindness. They are unconditionally understanding of my still learning. And I am just in awe of the mercy that Heavenly Father shows us every day and every time. He is a merciful God, forgiving always, as long as we repent in his son's name. I look forward to serving him through the church, and to meeting him when it's our time. My son worships with me and has noticed the difference the gospel has made. I continue to pray and have faith that my daughter will join us. I have faith that Heavenly Father will soften her heart and she will rejoice with us until the end of our days on earth.

How I live my faith

As of yet, I have not been called to participate in any teachings outside of my home. I have, however, been called to study and teach the gospel with my son, and share our testimony with friends and family and neighbors. We have a strong testimony due to the struggles we've been facing and the blessings we are receiving since we've read the Book of Mormon and been baptized. I think my calling right now is to build up my testimony further so I can share with others when I'm ready. My son already plans to complete his mission after he graduates high school and before he serves in the military. He's only 11 and we've only just been baptized 2 weeks! Thank Heavenly Father! Amen!